A series of storm systems coming in off of the west coast will bring rain on and off through Christmas Eve.
RAIN: Rain will develop late Friday night and Saturday with a half to one inch of rain possible through Saturday afternoon. After that the next storm system will move through the Pacific Northwest over the weekend and eventually bring showers and t-storms to the Southeast and snow across the Great Lakes. Here in North Georgia expect t-storms to develop during the afternoon or evening on Tuesday. It’s too early to tell if any storms will be severe, but we certainly could see a few strong t-storms capable of damaging winds. Once that system pushes through dry weather will return for the rest of the week.
SNOW: On Wednesday morning (Christmas Eve) much colder air will move in behind the cold front and could possibly aid in the development of a few snow showers across the North Georgia Mts. The period of snow would be brief, and with the ground wet and warm from the previous rain, any snow that falls should melt.
TEMPERATURES: Seasonable temperatures will remain in place through Christmas Eve with highs in the 50s and lows in the mid to upper 30s to lower 40s. Colder air will arrive just in time for Christmas with highs in the 40s and lows near freezing.
After this morning’s rain more showers will arrive by late Friday.
RAIN CHANCES: Showers will develop late Friday and into Saturday as a storm system that is now off the California coast makes it here into the Southeast. This system should have the potential to produce more rain than the one this morning. Rain totals should be in the half inch to three quarter inch range. The showers will start to taper off Saturday afternoon with some sunshine returning for Sunday.
TEMPERATURES: The lack of any arctic air across the country will continue into the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s to near 40. Saturday may turn out to be a bit colder due to the rain, but highs will still be near to just slightly below the normal high of 54.
CHRISTMAS WEEK: A series of storm systems will push in out of Western Canada that week giving a chance of rain early Christmas Eve and then again the day after Christmas. Temperatures will remain near normal except for Christmas Eve when we may only see daytime temps in the 40s. Another colder shot of air will arrive just before New Year’s Eve and last into New Year’s Day.
WINTER SOLSTICE: Winter officially arrives Sunday at 6:03 pm. This marks the shortest day of the year between sunrise and sunset here in the Northern Hemisphere. From here on out each day will get longer as we go toward the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year.
Milder air will arrive this weekend just in time for one of the best meteor showers of the year.
TEMPERATURES: Another cold day is in store for Thursday before milder air moves back into north Georgia this weekend. Highs on Thursday will once again only be in the upper 40s to near 50 after a very cold start in the upper 20 to lower 30s. Our fortune will change though on Friday as high pressure settles in across the Southeast and allows for milder air to build in from the southwest. Highs will gradually climb into the upper 50s and lower 60s Friday through Sunday. Expect mainly clear skies as well right through Sunday.
GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: One of the best meteor showers of the year arrives this weekend with the best viewing both Saturday and Sunday night. With clear skies overhead and very little light from the moon you might be able to see at the peak one meteor per minute. That is what the experts say, but I doubt the average observer will see that many. To give yourself the best chance of seeing numerous meteors go to an area that is away from city lights, bundle up, bring a blanket and a chair, and look straight up in the sky. It’s that easy. The peak each night will occur between 10pm and sunrise the following morning.
Not much change in the air mass over the Southeast until this weekend.
COLD AIR: Colder temperatures will be in store for both Wednesday and Thursday with highs barely getting to 50 degrees during the afternoon which is 5 degrees shy of the average of 55. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s the next three nights with lows closer to 40 over the weekend.
MILDER AIR: Although it’s not going to be a heat wave, we will see temperatures over the weekend improving considerably. Highs by Friday and Saturday will climb into the upper 50 to lower 60s and should stay that way into the beginning of the following week.
RAIN: Little to no rain is expected through Tuesday of next week. A vigorous storm system will push out of the desert Southwest this weekend setting us up for rain next Tuesday with clearing taking place late Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cold weather will remain through Thursday before milder air returns for the weekend.
TEMPERATURES: Highs today took a tumble with all of north Georgia reporting highs in the mid to upper 40s. Not much change will be had on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday except for the return of sunny skies. Highs all three days will be in the upper 40s to near 50 with some spots in the low 50s on Tuesday. Overnight lows will drop to near freezing each night through Thursday morning. By the weekend temperatures will moderate with highs near 60 and overnight lows near 40.
RAIN CHANCES: With high pressure building into the Southeast for the rest of the week the skies will remain sunny with no chance of rain through next Monday.
Showers will affect parts of the weekend especially early on Saturday.
WEEKEND SHOWERS: A storm system moving in from the West Coast will bring a better chance of showers to north Georgia and the entire East Coast by Saturday. Before then just a few showers can be expected tonight with areas of drizzle and fog for Friday morning. The showers will start to move into northwest Georgia after midnight on Friday with the heaviest rain across the northernmost counties and the least amounts to the south. Generally most areas will see a tenth of an inch or less. The mountain counties stand to see a little more: generally a quarter to a half inch. By Saturday afternoon the showers will move east of Georgia with clearing skies building back in for Saturday night and Sunday.
TEMPERATURES: The mild air that we have been experiencing lately will hold out until Sunday before the cooler air returns for next week. Most of north Georgia will see temperatures in the low to mid 60s on Friday, except for northeast Georgia where temperatures may never get out of the 50s due to the cool air wedge. By Saturday the wedge will break down leaving everyone in the mid to upper 60s on Saturday, with highs in the low 60s on Sunday. Next week slightly cooler air will return along with abundant sunshine. Look for highs in the mid to upper 50s and overnight lows in the mid-30s to mid-40s. More like it should be in December!
Mild air will erode by the end of the week bringing in cooler temperatures and a chance of showers.
COOLER AIR: Today’s high of 73 missed the record high of 74 by one degree. Pretty good for December 2nd! Over the next few days highs will remain well above normal, but not near record levels. Highs Wednesday and Thursday will peak out in the upper 60s, with highs by Friday only reaching into the mid to upper 50s. A wedge of cooler air will build east of the mountains starting late Thursday, and this will lead to the cooler readings on Friday. As the wedge breaks down on Saturday highs will return into the 60s both Saturday and Sunday.
RAIN TOTALS: Light rain will begin to develop across North Georgia late on Friday with showers off and on throughout the day on Saturday. Rain totals should be on the light side with most areas receiving less than a quarter of an inch through late Saturday.
MORE MILD AIR: Slightly cooler air will return early next week, but it won’t last long. Well above normal temperatures will return toward the middle of next week, and last through at least the 18th. Winter by the way officially begins Sunday December 21st!
Mild temperatures will be with us for at least the first week of December and maybe longer.
MILD WEATHER: After below normal temperatures in November we get to enjoy a mild start to the month of December. Today’s high of 74 is just a sign of things to come with highs again on Tuesday hovering near the 70 degree mark. Remember the normal high for this date is 58. The rest of the week won’t be that warm, but highs will continue to reach into the low to mid 60s with overnight lows only dropping into the upper 40s and low to mid 50s. Not bad for December! The long range outlook from the Climate Prediction Center has the Southeast and almost the entire nation for that matter in the above normal category right through the middle of December. Say goodbye to the Polar Vortex at least for the time being.
RAINFALL: While much of the nation will enjoy warmer temperatures to begin December, wet weather will persist from Texas through the Midwest and into the Ohio Valley. Here in our area just a fleeting chance at a few showers Wednesday and then patchy light rain Friday and Saturday. Rain totals though will be light. The pattern won’t deviate a whole lot through the middle of the month with no major storm systems passing through the Southeast and therefore just light amounts of rain at best when we do finally get some.